Mary Delach Leonard

Work/Life Reporter

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by such organizations as the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat (in Illinois) after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.

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Consumer News
11:43 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Beware Of The Slick And Fraudulent This Holiday Season

Credit FBI

While digging through the consumer fraud warnings piling up in our inbox, we’ve concluded that scams are like slick sidewalks in the wintertime: At first glance, they seem so safe.

* The Most Shameful: Re-Scamming The Scammed

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Supporting The Community
2:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

People Are Buying 'I Love Ferguson' Mugs And Donating To Help Damaged Businesses

Pamela Peters volunteers at the "I Love Ferguson" store.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Pamela Peters, 66, was busy Tuesday afternoon helping customers at the “I Love Ferguson” store on South Florissant Road. The little storefront shop is just down the street from the city’s police department where demonstrators gather to protest the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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Hunger Remains
3:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Food Pantries Depend On Holiday Donations To Help Them Get Through The Year

A truck from the St. Louis Area Food Bank makes a delivery at a rural southern Illinois church that was holding a food fair for low-income residents.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Beacon | 2010 File photo
  • Cans of soup.
  • Diapers.
  • Cash to buy gas to keep the trucks running.

The holiday wish list for St. Louis agencies that assist the hungry is long and never-ending because what comes in, soon goes out -- and the shelves need to be filled again.

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Helping The Heroes
10:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Young, Disabled, Combat Veterans Are Grateful For St. Louis Supporters

Marine combat veteran Todd Nicely and Xerxes on the deck of his home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

People often call Todd Nicely a hero, but the 30-year-old Marine combat veteran would prefer that they didn’t.

Nicely, who lost his arms and legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan four years ago, says the heroes of the 13-year war on terror are the 6,841 U.S. service members who have died while serving their country since Sept. 11.

“If they want to call me an inspiration because of the things I have to do on a daily basis, fine. I’ll take that,’’ says Nicely. “But hero? No. I have friends who are heroes. The guys who aren’t coming home -- those are the heroes.”

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'Pop' Culture
10:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

This St. Louis-Area Bottler Sells Soda The Old-Fashioned Way

A case of Ski in returnable bottles rolls out a delivery chute at the side entrance of the Excel Bottling Company in Breese, Ill.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

The motto of the Excel Bottling Company in Breese, Ill., is “Good Things Don’t Have To Change.”

And they really mean it.

Here, on the corner of Broadway and Clinton streets, four generations of the Meier family have been selling soda for nearly 80 years.

They make it the old-fashioned way -- with pure cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup -- using  vintage bottling equipment that was already “secondhand” when it was purchased in 1936.

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Somebody's Got To Do It
11:03 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Those Daring Engineers On The Arch Do This Kind Of Work All The Time

An engineer from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates at work on the Gateway Arch Thursday.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Who ARE those daring engineers who have been rappelling down the north leg of the Gateway Arch to check the condition of the monument’s shiny stainless steel exterior?

Officially, they’re known as the “Difficult Access Team” of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, a Chicago-based firm of engineers, architects and scientists who specialize in assessing and restoring historic buildings and monuments.

“We are building doctors,’’ says Stephen Kelley who is leading the project. “We are doing a diagnosis.”

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Giants 6, Cardinals 3
11:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Postseason Over For Cards; Giants Will Face That Other Missouri Team In World Series

The 2014 postseason ended Thursday night for the Cardinals, with a 6-3 loss to the Giants, who will now face America’s darlings -- the unstoppable Kansas City Royals -- in the World Series. 

The Royals, a wild card winner in the American League, are undefeated in the postseason. They swept the Baltimore Orioles to get to the World Series for the first time since they won it in 1985, against the Cardinals.

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Giants 6, Cardinals 4
11:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Put On Your Rally Caps; Cards Must Win Thursday, After Losing Game 4 To Giants

It’s down-to-the-last-out time again for the Cardinals after losing Game Four of the National League Championship Series, 6-4, Wednesday night. The Cards are perched on the brink of elimination, trailing the Giants 3-1  in the best-of-seven series.

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Assessment Study
9:36 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Look up! Engineers Will Be Roping Down The Arch's North Leg This Week

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Engineers will be literally hanging around the Gateway Arch this week examining stains on the monument’s stainless steel exterior surface.

The engineers plan to descend from the hatch at the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch and use a rope system to descend down the north leg to an area about 425 feet above the ground where they will collect samples that could  help determine the best way to clean the monument.

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Cardinals 5, Giants 4
11:44 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Kolten Wong's Homer Sends Cardinals To San Francisco With NLCS Tied

After a stomach-churning 5-4 victory Sunday, the Cardinals head to San Francisco, tied 1-1 with the Giants in the National League Championship Series.

Kolten Wong clinched Game Two for the Cards with a walk-off solo home run in the ninth.

It had been a back-and-forth contest with plenty of fireworks for Cards fans. Matt Carpenter, Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams each hit solo home runs before Wong’s lead-off homer in the ninth.

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